The 33 Best Health & Wellness Podcasts of 2023

best health & wellness podcasts of 2023

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Most health and wellness podcasts share a simple, alluring premise: Tune in, get some life-altering advice, tune out, implement said life-altering advice, rinse, repeat. 

A lot of podcasts fit under this (allegedly) life-changing umbrella. But finding the ones worth your time and AirPods battery can be tough. We dove into the audio ether to find the ones that deliver great, usable information in engaging, entertaining ways.

Whether you’re looking to make a lifestyle change, want to reinforce good habits, or just like listening to people talk about circadian rhythms and collagen, these are the best health and wellness podcasts to delight your ears—and inspire healthier living.

Psst: If you like health and wellness podcasts, you’ll love the Ness Card.

How We Found the Best Health & Wellness Podcasts

27% of podcast listeners listen to pods about health and wellness, according to the Pew Research Center. (For reference, that’s less than true crime and more than sports.) Of that 27%, Ness staffers and Cardmembers make up a significant chunk. So we started with the people who know best, surveying Ness employees and active Cardmembers on their absolute favorite health and wellness pods, taking note of titles that popped up most frequently. (Or ones that just seemed really interesting.) We also referenced write-ups in other publications and rankings on podcast platforms.

Then, we scoured the ratings and forum threads, cross-checking to make sure our opinions lined up with the internet at large. 

Ultimately, we determined that all podcasts on this list had to be:

Expert-led (or sourced): Telling people about things they should do to take to improve their health is no small thing! For this reason, we looked for podcasts hosted by experts—dietitians, MDs, personal trainers, neuroscientists, people who run labs at prestigious universities, etc.—or people who use their podcast as a platform to learn from said experts. We also favored people who are consistently clear about what they don’t know, rather than over-promising benefits or results from certain practices.

Informative and entertaining: “Entertaining” is subjective. But a podcast shouldn’t feel like metaphorically eating your vegetables (even if it’s literally about eating your vegetables). A great health and wellness podcast should communicate complicated concepts in clear, engaging ways. Hosts who are able to infuse some humor or—dare we say—banter to their recordings got bonus points.

Up to date: Podcasts on this list had to be updated with some frequency. Once or twice weekly was ideal; biweekly was also fine. At the very least, they needed to have several episodes from this calendar year to make the list. 

Reviewed well: Podcasts didn’t have to have thousands of reviews to make the list. In fact, we have a few under-the-radar faves sprinkled throughout. But reviews had to be generally positive, with some evidence that listening changed some people’s lives for the better. (Light work!)

The Best Health and Wellness Podcasts

Feeling your cortisol spike as you stare down the barrel of a thousand-episode-deep podcast? Don’t worry. We’ve selected a starter episode for each one—either on the advice of the hosts themselves or from user reviews—if you aren’t sure where to begin.

1. Healthier Together – Liz Moody

Journalist, editor, and healthy recipe developer (she has two cookbooks!) Liz Moody takes the glass-half-full approach to overall health. Her upbeat podcast makes you believe that you, too, can find balance, enlisting influencers, doctors, and therapists to answer questions like “What’s up with Ozempic?” and to help you create daily habits that boost energy and happiness.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: How To Be More Greedy, Lazy, Envious & Angry—And Completely Transform Your Life with Elise Loehnen

2. Huberman Lab – Andrew Huberman

Neuroscientist and professor Dr. Andrew Huberman directs the Huberman Lab at Stanford School of Medicine—researching how our brains work, how they change over time, and how they can be repaired. Don’t feel like reading a dense scientific study? Dr. Huberman’s got you: He breaks it down for the non-neurobiologists among us in his podcast so we can all learn how our brains work for—and against—us.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Leverage Dopamine to Overcome Procrastination & Optimize Effort

2. Balanced Black Girl – Les Alfred

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Founded by personal trainer and nutrition coach Les Alfred, Balanced Black Girl isn’t just a podcast—it’s a platform dedicated to amplifying women of color in wellness. Weekly episodes are a haven for health and self-growth guidance, covering things like trusting the timing of your life and feeling more liberated in your body. It’s a safe space for Black women to explore with each other what it means to be balanced and happy.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Spacious Productivity: How to Improve Your Habits and Be More Consistent

4. Fitness Stuff (For Normal People) – Tony Coffey & Marianna Moore

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Fitness Stuff (For Normal People) makes the bold claim that fitness sucks. It isn’t fitness they’re really targeting, though. Rather, it’s fitness culture, which is rife with misinformation, snake oil, and harmful fad diets. Hosts Tony Coffey and Marianna Moore know their stuff—Coffey is a certified personal trainer and Moore holds a master’s degree in nutrition—and use their knowledge to break down fictitious claims and give science-backed tips for practical daily use.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Top 10 Scams in the Fitness Industry Explained (Part 1)

5. Iron Culture – Eric Helms & Omar Isuf

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The lifting world could be a whole universe unto itself, with factions and divides that rival some of the more notable dynasties in history. Iron Culture—described as a podcast for “all lifters”—is hosted by bodybuilders Eric Helms and Omar Isuf, who, to put it lightly, know what they’re talking about: Helms has a PhD in strength and conditioning and Isuf hosts a show about ancient workouts on The History Channel. The podcast aims to bring a “unified philosophy” to the craft by discussing lifting, nutrition, supplements/PEDs—and help lifters find greater meaning in picking heavy objects up and putting them back down.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Cultural Shifts in Lifting

6. The Drive – Peter Attia

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Craving a deep-dive look into optimizing your happiness, understanding cholesterol, or preventing cognitive decline? Dr. Peter Attia, a Stanford/Johns Hopkins/NIH-trained physician, created his podcast The Drive to satiate just that. Weekly episodes cover everything you’d want to know about specific topics in exercise, nutrition, mental health, and more, with the ultimate goal of us all learning how to live longer, better lives.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Matthew Walker, Ph.D., on sleep – Part I of III: Dangers of poor sleep, Alzheimer’s risk, mental health, memory consolidation, and more

7. Ten Percent Happier – Dan Harris

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When journalist Dan Harris had a panic attack on television, he dove into meditation to help him calm his racing thoughts. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, he releases a new episode of the Ten Percent Happier podcast, based on his book of the same name. You’ll get everything from interviews with meditation experts about enlightenment to conversations teaching you scientific ways to beat burnout. Each installment is out to prove that happiness can be taught.

Frequency: Three times a week

Starter Episode: Understand Your Brain, Upgrade Your Life

8. Therapy for Black Girls – Dr. Joy Harden Bradford

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Fact: Black women often don’t have access to the mental health support they need. Also fact: Licensed psychologist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford’s weekly chat podcast, Therapy for Black Girls, makes mental healthcare and personal development within reach. In each of her “sessions” (the name she cleverly calls episodes), she talks everything from the latest popular techniques—like EMDR and shadow work—to timely topics including quiet quitting and dating in the digital age.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Session 107: Am I Doing This Right? Questions about Therapy

9. The School of Greatness – Lewis Howes

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Lewis Howes thinks you were born for greatness—and wants to help you unlock it. The former pro football player and current self-help entrepreneur (he’s a New York Times best-selling author) churns out 3-5 episodes a week, interviewing who he calls the “most successful people on the planet.” From the secret to finding your purpose to mastering your emotions, The School of Greatness will help you define what greatness means to you—and then go after it.

Frequency: 3-5 times a week

Starter Episode: Processing Pain, Losing 250+ Pounds, & Dissecting Trauma

10. The Doctor’s Kitchen – Dr. Rupy Aujla

Rupy Aujla, an NHS medical doctor, reversed a significant heart condition with food and lifestyle changes. In 2015, he started The Doctor’s Kitchen (not just a podcast, but a site with recipes, articles, and videos) to teach us all how we can cook our way to health. The podcast answers questions like how to eat well on a budget, why you’re having a hard time focusing, and ways to make plant-based meals even more delicious.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Dr. Rupy Cooks

11. The Food Psych Podcast – Christy Harrison

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It’s all too common to have experienced an iffy relationship with food at some point. The Food Psych Podcast host Christy Harrison herself has gone from disordered eater to anti-diet, body-positive dietitian. Now, she’s making it easier for all of us to make peace. In weekly episodes, she answers listener questions and talks with guests about learning to eat intuitively, the restrictive behaviors that masquerade as wellness, and more. (And if you like Food Psych, you’ll also like Harrison’s other podcast, Rethinking Wellness.)

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Social Justice and Racism in the Body Positive Movement with Gloria Lucas 

12. Happier with Gretchen Rubin – Gretchen Rubin

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Best-selling author of “The Happiness Project” Gretchen Rubin and her sister, Hollywood showrunner Elizabeth Craft, bring inspiring insights into happiness to this lively podcast. The weekly installments are some of the most easily digestible on this list—the average episode is 30 minutes long—and are filled with practical insights taken from the sisters’ own day-to-day experiences (from as big as how to utilize all five senses to as small as the joy of packing cubes).

Frequency: Twice a week

Starter Episode: Use Touch When Talk Is Tough, Close Your Eyes in a Dressing Room, and Answers for Questioners

13. Fitt Insider – Joe Vennare

Venture capitalist Joe Vennare is the founder of media platform Fitt Insider, which curates the news and ideas redefining the fitness industry. If you’re into wellness (and we bet you are), Fitt Insider is your home base. Vennare’s weekly podcast of the same name highlights founders and CEOs of well-known and up-and-coming brands (our own founder was interviewed!) so you can continue being the one in your friend group with the best health know-how.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Derek Flanzraich, Founder & CEO of Ness

14. The Rich Roll Podcast – Rich Roll

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After years of struggling with drugs and alcohol, Rich Roll decided to make a change. He transformed his life with a plant-based diet and a dedicated running routine (he clocked top finishes at Ultraman World Championships). Ready to be inspired to do… well, maybe not exactly the same, but something similar? Each week, Rich has a deep, one-on-one conversation with a forward-thinking mind—past guests include Rainn Wilson, Cory Booker, and Whitney Cummings—to help you unleash your most authentic self.

Frequency: Twice a week

Starter Episode: Andrew Huberman: Harnessing the Mind-body Connection

15. I Will Teach You To Be Rich – Ramit Sethi

Does wellness, to you, require regular massages, pricey gym memberships, and a possible investment in a home sauna/cold plunge system? If so, you should listen to I Will Teach You To Be Rich. This pod, hosted by money expert Ramit Sethi’s is very much focused on financial wellness, but we’d argue they’re one and the same. (After all, health investments may not be worth it if they bring unnecessary stress to your bank account—and relationships.) In every episode, Sethi chats with couples dealing with money-related tension, teaching them how to work with their priorities, budget for the things that matter most, and stop spending on things that don’t. 

Frequency: Twice a week

Starter Episode: My health is in question, but I don’t want to stop making money

16. At the Table – Kevin Curry & Jesse O’Reilly

Some of the best discussions happen over a plate of food. On At The Table, hosts Kevin Curry—founder of global wellness community Fit Men Cook—and Jesse O’Reilly (his longtime videographer) aim to replicate these conversations. Each episode, they break bread (metaphorically—no on-mic chewing occurs) with wellness experts and discuss topics that range from food insecurity to the white-washed history of diets to healthcare bias.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Your Neighbor is Food Insecure

17. On Purpose – Jay Shetty

Jay Shetty understands that modern life isn’t set up for what we all want most: health, happiness, connection, and love. The former monk (and current purpose coach and author) helps you cope with it all via On Purpose. Every Friday and Monday, he teaches you how to live with purpose, peace, and passion by applying the wisdom he gained from his time spent in India—you know, little things like mindfulness, empathy, and gratitude—to your day-to-day life.

Frequency: Twice a week

Starter Episode: 3 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone & 3 Ways to Challenge Yourself This Week

18. Maintenance Phase – Michael Hobbes & Aubrey Gordon

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Ever noticed how much junk (we’re not referring to the sugary variety) there is in the nutrition world? Case in point: The idea that the Master Cleanse is healthy, that keto is the always best way to eat, or that you must detox with celery juice. Maintenance Phase hosts Aubrey Gordon and Michael Hobbes dive into all the insidiousness and pick it apart thoroughly (and hilariously) episode by episode.

Frequency: Every other week

Newbie episode: Snackwell’s Cookies

19. Mental Illness Happy Hour – Paul Gilmartin

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Addiction, trauma, and depression are gray areas of life all too easy to push under the rug. But Comedian Paul Gilmartin (who’s experienced his fair share of the aforementioned) doesn’t shy away. Every Friday, count on him to normalize and hold space for all of our struggles—interviewing artists, friends, and doctors along the way. The show proves you’re not alone, there is hope, and there are people who want to want to talk about it.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Dr. Jonice Webb – Emotional Neglect

20. Hurdle – Emily Abbate

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Emily Abbate is a former fitness editor and nine-time marathoner and triathlete—but it wasn’t always that way. She learned to combat negative self-talk by introducing regular, joyful movement and healthier eating practices into her routine. Now, Abbate lets you in on the secrets to being your best (wellness) self, from running smarter to making friends as an adult. Her relatable conversations will empower you to live with intention and have fun along the way.

Frequency: Twice a week (one full-length, one “five-minute Friday”)

Starter Episode: Ally Love, Founder LoveSquad, Instructor Peloton & Boss

21. The Art of Being Well – Dr. Will Cole

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Functional medicine doctor Will Cole is passionate about treating the root of issues—and understands it’s just as important to give patients ownership over their daily health choices (read: the art of, well, being well). In his twice-weekly podcast, Cole emphasizes that self-care is a form of self-respect as he sits down with CEOs, influencers, and fellow doctors to talk balancing blood sugar, the best breathwork techniques, the benefits of cuddling, and more.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Dr. Josh Axe: Superfood Hacks, Collagen Peptides & Bone Broth Benefits + Exactly How to Prioritize Your Mental Health In The Age Of Social Media

22. Sex with Emily – Dr. Emily Morse

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This sexuality podcast is the only one you need: Emily Morse is literally a doctor of the topic, and she’s on a mission to share her expertise and liberate sex and pleasure for all of us—for good. It’s a big step up from the so-called sex ed classes of yore, and you’ll come away from each episode with knowledge you’ll be wishing you—and probably should have—always had.

Frequency: Twice a week

Newbie episode: Dating Younger Men, Canceling Threesomes: Emily Tells All

23. The Model Health Show – Shawn Stevenson 

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After overcoming degenerative disc disease, Shawn Stevenson had an epiphany: The key to reaching peak health, happiness, and success is having a model. His mission is to help you create your own unique model based on what works for you. Some episodes are what Stevenson calls “masterclasses”—solo shows in which he creates a definitive guide on subjects from science-backed teas to alcohol. He also dives into hormone health, epigenetics, and anti-aging in expert interviews.

Frequency: Twice a week

Starter Episode: Increase Your Sense Of Value & Stop Postponing Happiness with Lisa Nichols

24. Wellness Check-In Club – Sareena Rama

The ins and outs of what makes us well can be complicated—but that doesn’t mean practicing it has to be. Wellness Check-In Club, hosted by ACE-certified trainer Sareena Rama, provides actionable wellness tips in bite-sized (as in 15 minutes or less) episodes. From boosting confidence to hacking your wake-up routine, each short, sweet episode is a reminder to do something nice for yourself that day. 

Frequency: Weekly (ish)

Starter Episode: What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?


25. Sawbones – Sydnee and Justin McElroy

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Technically, Sawbones veers more medical than strictly health and wellness. It’s a self-described “tour of misguided medicine” hosted by married duo Sydnee McElroy (a medical doctor) and Justin McElroy (a comedian) that covers “weird, gross, and sometimes downright dangerous” medical treatments used throughout history. We’d argue, however, that understanding the past is one of the best ways to get a grasp on present-day health and wellness culture. Plus, the McElroys often bring each episode around to how these blasts from the past affect us today, from St. John’s Wort to Dr. Oz. 

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Vaping

26. Be Well by Kelly – Kelly LeVeque

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Kelly LeVeque is a best-selling author and holistic nutritionist who’s perfected her formula for nourishment: She creates blood sugar-balancing meals of protein, fat, fiber, and greens, and shares them on her website, Be Well by Kelly. On her eponymous podcast, she promotes balance in the quest to love how we look and feel by interviewing guests every Wednesday about everything from pasture-raised protein to healing through connection.

Frequency: Weekly

Newbie episode: Cooking Tips That Anyone Needs to Know – with Pamela Salzman #FabulousFriends

27. The Genius Life – Max Lugavere

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Journalist and New York Times best-selling author Max Lugavere considers himself a genius—and he’s helping you to do the same. How? By imparting the knowledge you need to super-charge your life—like the top cancer-fighting foods, how to overcome self-doubt, and ways to optimize your circadian rhythm—in his every-Wednesday podcast.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: How Processed Foods Are Destroying Your Health | David A. Kessler, MD

28. The Homecoming Podcast – Dr. Thema Bryant

Licensed psychologist and ordained minister Dr. Thema Bryant uses artistic expression, spirituality, and culture to facilitate your homecoming. No matter how far away your upbringing or your trauma has taken you, you can journey back home to yourself with her weekly installments about cultivating healthy relationships, slowing down, and having a growth mindset.

Frequency: Every other week (ish)

Starter Episode: Ending of Self-Sabotage 

29. Science Vs. – Wendy Zukerman

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Science journalist Wendy Zukerman puts the latest in world news and wellness to the test so you can parse out what’s fact, fiction, or somewhere in between. Ever wondered if blue balls are actually a thing, if anti-aging skincare is a scam, or what really cures a hangover? Zukerman’s got you covered in her bite-sized, science-backed episodes.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: Dr. Jonice Webb – Emotional Neglect

30. The Business of Wellness – Jaclyn London

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Looking for a wellness navigator? You can’t do much better than Jaclyn London, a registered dietitian and industry veteran who’s had her finger on the space’s many pulses for years. (She’s worked with WW and developed Good Housekeeping’s Nutritionist Approved Emblem.) On The Business of Wellness, London chats with fellow experts and explores building, marketing, and investing in health and wellness brands. Whether you’re looking to break into the industry or consider yourself a consumer, it’s a great listen for science-based tips to separate the good, bad, and confusing in an increasingly cluttered area.

Frequency: Weekly (ish)

Starter Episode: How Did Nutrition Misinformation Become So Mainstream?

31. Gloss Angeles – Kirbie Johnson & Sara Tan

Longtime beauty journalists Kirbie Johnson and Sara Tan uncover the reality of pop culture trends, treatments, and products (read: if a celeb or TikToker has covered it, Gloss Angeles is already on top of it). Every Tuesday, Johnson and Tan talk the most pressing headlines in beauty—like how much to spend on sunscreen and Beyoncé’s new brand—while on Fridays, they interview the likes of Courteney Cox, Selena Gomez, and our very own Jonathan Van Ness.

Frequency: Weekly (sometimes more)

Starter Episode: Everything You Need to Know About Using Retinol and Loving It

32. The Consistency Project – EC Synkowski

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Registered dietitian EC Synkowski created the popular restriction-free diet the #800gChallenge. Now, she’s distilling her over 20 years of experience and academic training into a weekly podcast that simplifies nutrition, health, and well-being by teaching methods you can actually sustain over time. Evidence-based scientific data? Synkowski transforms it into practical solutions you can easily incorporate.

Frequency: Weekly

Starter Episode: On Getting Out of the Weeds, w/ Dr. Adrian Chavez

33. This Naked Mind – Annie Grace

For many of us, alcohol plays a big role in our life—and an even bigger role in our culture as a whole. This Naked Mind, hosted by bestselling author Annie Grace, takes a holistic look at the alcohol industry and how it affects people neurologically, spiritually, and psychologically. 

Whether you’re looking to cut back or reexamine alcohol’s presence in their life, it’s a good listen.

Frequency: Twice a week 

Starter Episode: We Are the Luckiest

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